The new Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs celebrated its arrival in Southern California with a private ceremony and reception held last night at the new resort. Hard Rock’s signature purple and white lights flashed as hundreds of invited guests toured the property, mingled over food and drinks and enjoyed a surprise performance by The Bicycle Thief with lead vocalist Bob Forrest formerly of Tholonious Monster, and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer from Red Hot Chili Peppers.
To kick-off the night, Owner Andy Carpiac of Kittridge Hotels & Resorts, flipped a switch to launch a chain-reaction lighting ceremony that culminated with the illumination of the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs logo and signage atop the newly remodeled 163-room luxury hotel. The ceremony included remarks by Michael Shindler, Executive Vice President Hotels & Casinos for Hard Rock International, as well as a warm welcome from Palm Springs Mayor Steven Pougnet. Guests included a who’s-who of music and hotel industry movers and shakers including Paul Tollett and Skip Page of Goldenvoice.
“This is an exciting time for us,” said Carpiac. “We’re thankful to the City of Palm Springs and to all the people who worked hard to make the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs a reality. We’re officially open for business and we’re looking forward to becoming a distinctive and vibrant hotel and entertainment destination on the West Coast.”
The opening ceremony was followed by a private reception inside the hotel, where guests toured guest rooms, viewed the star-studded memorabilia gallery, and experienced the new pool area which will undoubtedly become the epicenter of sizzling desert entertainment in coming months. The resort’s recent partnership with Goldenvoice, owners of the world-famous Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals, will elp the Hard Rock Hotel become the premier pool and music scene in the desert. Guests also sampled entrees from Sessions, the resort’s edgy, yet sophisticated restaurant which will be open to guests on Friday, October 4, along with the rest of the resort.